Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands Reviews
The problem is that they go on for 40 minutes before anyone talks and then the movie is over so it starts to get redundant. VERY redundant! And dull, therefore.
both good and bad, "Petropolis" does not need narration to tell you
what is going on in Northern Alberta. The images alone do it justice.
You only need to see the images of the tailings ponds, hot crude
gushing from pipes into lakes and bleak, colourless landscapes to know
that this is truly environmental damage on a mass scale.
The film opens with the camera panning across the unspoiled wilderness
of the boreal forests of Northern Alberta. Suddenly, the viewer is over
an industrial wasteland like none other. The total size of the tar
sands is 140,000 square kilometres. By comparison the area of England
is 130,000. There are also plans to extensively expand the oil sands in
the near future.
The supplements on the DVD are interesting as well and perhaps should
have been part of the 45 minute feature. There are interviews with
local residents, a local doctor who speaks about increased cancer
rates, a fisherman who talks of increased numbers of mutilated fish and
residents of Fort McMurray who talk of the horrible toxic smell which
now regularly covers the town.
This is a good documentary for anyone interested in the impact of the
oil sands on the ecology of North Alberta.